[isabelle-dev] Problem with factorial-ring in combination with containers

Andreas Lochbihler andreas.lochbihler at inf.ethz.ch
Mon Oct 3 16:15:18 CEST 2016

Hi René and Manuel,

Indeed, for sets, expressing the code equations in terms of a generic iteration operation 
on sets would do the job for most of the cases. The comp_fun_commute and comp_fun_idem 
types  in Containers precisely do this, but they have not been integrated in the HOL 
library yet. They should work all kinds of big operators (setsum, setprod, Gcd, etc) and 
could be added to the HOL library.

Of course, some special case tricks no longer work if go for a generic iteration 
operation. For example, one could prove "Gcd (List.coset xs) = 1" for natural numbers and 
declare a code equation. Such things would no longer be possible, but I am not sure 
whether they are done at all at the moment.

Manuel's suggestion of code_abort is a bit cleaner than René's use Code.abort, because 
Code.abort does not work with normalisation by evaluation whereas code_abort does.


On 03/10/16 15:29, Manuel Eberl wrote:
> This is a problem that I have given quite some thought in the past. The
> problem is the following: You have a theory A providing certain
> operations on sets (in this case: Gcd) and a theory B providing
> implementations for sets (in this case: Containers).
> The problem is that the code equations for the operations from A depend
> on the implementation that is chosen for sets. A cannot give code
> equations for every possible implementation of sets, while B cannot
> possibly import every theory that has operations involving sets and give
> code equations for it.
> The best possible solution would be to imitate the way it is currently
> done for setsum, setprod, etc: Define a sufficiently general combinator
> that iterates over the set and give the code equations in A in terms of
> this combinator. Then B only has to reimplement this generic combinator.
> That would be the cleanest solution, but I'm not sure how such a
> combinator would look like. The folding operation would probably have to
> satisfy some associativity/commutativity laws and have that information
> available at the type level (similar to the cfc type in Containers).
> By the way, my current workaround for this problem is to declare all
> problematic constants as "code_abort".
> Cheers,
> Manuel
> On 03/10/16 15:21, Thiemann, Rene wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> in the following theory, the export-code fails:
>> (Isabelle 957ba35d1338, AFP 618f04bf906f)
>> theory Problem
>>   imports
>>   "~~/src/HOL/Library/Polynomial_Factorial"
>>   "$AFP/thys/Containers/Set_Impl"
>> begin
>> definition foo :: "'a :: factorial_semiring_gcd ⇒ 'a ⇒ 'a" where
>>   "foo x y = gcd y x"
>> definition bar :: "int ⇒ int" where
>>   "bar x = foo x (x - 1)"
>> export_code bar in Haskell
>> end
>> The problem arises from two issues:
>> - factorial_semiring_gcd requires code for
>>   Gcd :: “Set ‘a => ‘a”, not only for the binary “gcd :: ‘a => ‘a => ‘a”!
>> - the code-equation for Gcd is Gcd_eucl_set: "Gcd_eucl (set xs) = foldl gcd_eucl 0 xs”
>>   where “set” is only a constructor if one does not load the container-library.
>> It would be nice, if one can either alter factorial_semiring_gcd so that it does not
>> require “Gcd” anymore, or if the code-equation is modified in a way that permits
>> co-existence with containers. (Of course, similarly for Lcm).
>> With best regards,
>> Akihisa, Sebastiaan, and René
>> PS: We currently solve the problem by disabling Gcd and Lcm as follows:
>> lemma [code]: "(Gcd_eucl :: rat set ⇒ rat) = Code.abort (STR ''no Gcd on sets'') (λ _. Gcd_eucl)"  by simp
>> lemma [code]: "(Lcm_eucl :: rat set ⇒ rat) = Code.abort (STR ''no Lcm on sets'') (λ _. Lcm_eucl)"  by simp
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